Teaching Time to 2nd Graders

watch me tell time grade 2 - tpt finalHave you ever fallen in love with a product/activity you created for your classroom?  Well, I am absolutely in love with my Watch Me Tell Time unit for 2nd graders. In first grade, students worked with telling time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest hour or half-hour.  In second grade, students build upon that knowledge to tell time to the nearest five minutes using a.m. and p.m.  Watch Me Tell Time uses individual student watches to get your students up and moving  and actively involved in learning to tell time to the nearest five minutes.  The unit includes 48 individual watches for you to print out, laminate and have students wear during  activities to teach time to 5 minute intervals. The watches are available in both color and black and white so save printing costs.

In the unit you will find:

  • Cards and directions to use the watches to play the game I Have Who Has
  • Cards and directions to use the watches to play  the game Find Someone Who Has – 4 different sets of questions using both digital times and words.
  • Directions and cards for using the watches to have students create a circle
  • Tick Tock, Different ways to read a clock.  Worksheet and directions for an activity in which students show the time on their watch in different ways.
  • Directions for groups of students to put themselves in order according to the time on their watches.
  • Directions and worksheet for students to illustrate the time on their watch in both am and pm.
  • Directions for using the watches as equity sticks and other classroom management ideas

Just click on either of the pictures to take you to the unit on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!

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To prepare for this unit, you will need to print out the watches, the I Have Who Has cards, and the Digital Time cards on cardstock, laminate them, and cut them out.  You may
print them out in either color or black  and white to save on that expensive ink!  I have tried to make the black and white versions as attractive as the colored ones with cute designs on them, so the kiddos should enjoy them as much as the colored ones!

You have two options for attaching the watches to the students’ wrists.  1. You may simply tape the two ends together, or 2., you may use Velcro.  I used Velcro simply because I didn’t want to deal with sticky tape residue possibly getting on the watches when the kids took them off, but that is strictly up to you.  It is cheaper to use plain ole scotch tape.  With the tape, you will probably have to tape them on the students’ wrists, and with the Velcro, they can take them on and off themselves.

Domain:  Measurement and Data (MD)

Cluster:  Time and Money

Common Core Standard:  2.MD.7.  Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest 5 minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

Standards for Mathematical Practices (MP) emphasized:

MP.5.  Use appropriate tools strategically

MP.6.  Attend to precision

Connections to Other Standards:  (2.MD.7-8)  Building fluency with addition and subtraction, and beyond  are the critical areas of focus addressed in telling and writing time.

Prior Knowledge and Skills:  Students should know how to tell time to the nearest hour and half hour.  They should be able to skip-count by 5’s to recognize 5-minute intervals on a clock.

Common Misconceptions:  Some students have difficulty distinguishing between the hour and minute hands.  For example, when looking at the time 2:30, they might say the time is 3:10, or 3:02. Also, students sometime name the numeral closest to the hands.  For example, for the time 4:55, they might say the time is 5:00; therefore, it is important to provide many opportunities for them to measure times to the nearest five minutes and the nearest hour.

Common terms and phrases:  a.m., p.m., digital, analog, clock, watch, quarter till ___, quarter after ___, half past ___, 5 after ___, 5 before___, 5 past ___.

Well, that’s all for now!  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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500 Follower Giveaway! and My Newest Products

500 follower giveawayDon’t you must love giveaways? My friend, Mrs. D over at Thinking About 3rd grade is having a huge 500 follower giveaway and it is a whopper of a giveaway! There will be 4 prize packs: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6th grade and up. The grade 2-3 prize pack is the largest with 25 products! My brand new It’s Time to Rock Around the Clock game is in there as well. Boy would I love to win this giveaway! The giveaway is running from today through May 7th, so hop on over and check it out! Just click on the image to get there!

I have been so busy the past month that I have neglected my blog. I posted a new product a couple of weeks ago that I am really excited to tell you about! I had several teachers whose students were struggling with time to 5 minute intervals, so I really gave some hard thought to ways you could make time interesting and fun at the same time. I thought of all the different games I could create, and I had an inspiration while trying to think of sayings that had to do with time.

coverI thought about that rock and roll oldie Rock Around the Clock and I had the idea to make a record into a clock with guitars for the hour and minute hands and small clocks going around the record where the numbers would be. That was the birth of my game It’s Time to Rock Around the Clock! Rock Around the Clock is a set of 3 games to be used with the whole class or small groups in centers to help students tell time to 5 minute intervals and to tell starting or ending times when given the elapsed time. These games align with the Common Core Standards CC.2MD.7 and CC.3MD.1. so it’s perfect for second and third grade.

The kiddos have had a blast with these games! We even played the song Rock Around the Clock while the kids were playing the game. Played like Bingo, the students use individual Rock Around the Clock cards and markers to mark times shown on their Rock Around the Clock cards as they are called out. The times are in the corresponding area on the board, so the kids don’t have to look all over their boards. For example, if 2:15 is called out, students look at the clock at the 2:00 position to see if it matches. There are 4 different times for each hour for a total of 48 so the game doesn’t take too long to play. When a student has a marker on all 12 clocks on his/her board, he/she calls out Rock Around the Clock! It has been a real fun game and the kids love playing it during center time.

Each of the 30 individual Rock Around the Clock cards has a different combination of clocks so no two are alike. Also, there is a color and a black and white version of each Rock Around the Clock card because I know how expensive that colored ink gets! Here are the three games you can play using the game boards:

Game 1: students place markers on the board to match the times called out. – includes directions for playing with the whole group or with small groups in a center
Game 2: students place markers on the board to match the time clue cards. – includes directions for playing with the whole group or with small groups in a center
Game 3: students place markers on the board to match the starting or ending time when given the elapsed time. – includes directions for playing with the whole group or with small groups in a center preview for rock around the clockpreview final tptOne of the things I really love about this game is that it can be played with both the whole class or with small groups in a center. Because there are three different variations of the game – i.e. digital calling cards, verbal clues calling cards, and elapsed time problem calling cards, you are able to differentiate according to the needs of the students in your class.
This product includes:
30 individual Rock Around the Clock Cards – color and b/w versions to save ink!
Rock Around the Clock master board to keep up with times called
Rock Around the Clock time cards to choose from when calling out times
Answer key for each Rock Around the Clock card
48 digital clock cards to play the game in small groups – students draw a card and place the marker on the corresponding analog clock on their board. The first player to fill up their card wins.
48 time clue cards – students draw a card, read the clue, and place the marker on the corresponding clock on their board.
48 elapsed time cards – students draw a card read the clues, and cover the clock which shows the starting or ending time when given the elapsed time.
Answer key for time clue cards and elapsed time cards

Just click on the picture and it will take you to my Rock Around the Clock game at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I also have a new product which I will be posting about hopefully tonight and a great freebie I am sure you are gonna love, so check back in a few days! That’s all I have time for today! Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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A Gigantic Giveaway!

Slide1To celebrate 100 followers on her Teachers Pay Teachers store, Christina Mauro over at Mrs. Mauro’s Kinderverse has a huge giveaway going on right now!  There are about 30 great products bundled together for the winner, so be sure to go over to her blog at http://mrsmauroskinderverse.blogspot.com/  and enter for your chance to win.  Click on the picture to get there.   My Making Sense of Dollars and Cents unit is one of the prizes in the giveaway, but there are tons of great products.  Also, check out Christina’s blog while you’re there.  She  is a kindergarten teacher and she does some super cute stuff with her kids.  Makes me wish I was back in kindergarten!

That’s all for today.  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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A Fun Activity to Describe Characters

amazing graceAre you looking for a fun way to teach describing characters and character traits?  Try this!  Fold each side of a horizontal sheet of paper to the middle.  Have the kids draw a picture of the character on the front.  Put words to describe the outward appearance of the character on the outside.  This can be things that are obvious from the text.  Next, open the page up and write character traits and words to describe the character’s emotions on the inside.  These are things you have to infer about the character’s traits based on the evidence from the text.  It’s pretty fun and these make a great display!

I have a little template you can use to make these if you would like.  Just click on it to download it from Google Docs!

face foldable

That’s all for today!  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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1,000 Follower Giveaway!

Nicole Rios over at Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade is having a huge 1,000 follower giveaway which will run from April 6th to 13th.  You need to go over and enter the giveaway to see all the fabulous items you can win!  You might even win my Making Sense of Dollars and Cents unit if you enter the 2nd grade raffle!


That’s all for now!  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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Create Flip Books with your students to understand Optical Illusions!

When we were teaching the students about the brain this year, one of the things that fascinated them the most was Optical Illusions!  I think all kids love optical illusions.  What exactly is an optical illusion?  All the information that your eyes gather is processed by the brain.  Your eyes processes color, light, and patterns and send that information to your brain which  interprets the information we take in through our eyes.  Sometimes the colors, light and patterns trick our brains into seeing things that may not be real.  Do you like to see animated movies or cartoons?  If so, you are seeing a series of images that create an illusion called apparent motion.  The pictures flashed on the screen move so rapidly that your brain fills in the gaps and actually blends the pictures together giving the illusion of motion.

A fun way to illustrate that concept is to have your students make a flip book.  This is the one I made to use with my students.  Just follow the directions on the sheet and you will see an illusion of a dog moving his head and wagging his tail!  Now this is just the introduction to the concept! Do not tell them why they see the motion before they make the flip books!  It is best to make them and then have the kids brainstorm ideas about why they think their eyes are tricking their brains.  Then explain about the rapid movement making their brain fill in the gaps.  Actually, this also happens every time you blink your eyes!

I like to have my students then create their own flip books.  No art skills are necessary.  They can create stick figures which do jumping jacks,  a bouncing ball, etc.  If they’re really industrious, they can use index cards to create a series of pictures which are then stapled together and flipped like you would flip the pages in a book.  But for young students in the primary grades, just a two page flip book is sufficient.  If you click on the image of the flip book below, it will take you to my Google Docs page where you can download a free copy of the picture and directions.

the friendly dog flip book directions

What are some ideas your kids could use for flip books in your class?

That’s all for today!  Remember to always…  Keep ’em Thinking! 

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Teaching Primary Students Ordinal Positions, Sequence, and Logic

paper doll chains coverI absolutely love to incorporate logic into math whenever possible, so when a friend told me she was teaching ordinal positions and sequencing, I couldn’t resist creating something for her to use with her students!  What better way to teach ordinal positions and sequence than paper doll chains!  I had so much fun creating this packet of 28 paper doll chain puzzlers.  They range from three doll chains to five doll chains.  The kids use the clues on the task cards and colored paper doll cards to create the paper doll chain in the correct sequence.  The cards require the kids to use some logic to figure them out which makes it all the more fun! The task cards come in two versions, one with the ordinal position under each paper doll, and one without the ordinal position.  This allows you to differentiate the activity according to the needs of the students in your class.  You can also start the kids out doing the puzzles with the ordinal positions on them, and then once they are proficient, they can move to the task cards without the ordinal positions.

Because I’m so conscious of the cost of colored ink, I made the task cards in black and white and only the individual paper doll cards are in color. There is a recording sheet for kids to color in or just write the color letters for each paper doll chain.    These puzzles are great for your math center.    They’re  designed for kids in grades 1-3, but I do know one 4th grade teacher who wanted to use them and her kiddos loved them.  They’re especially great for those early finishers in your classroom!

Here are a couple of pictures of what the center and cards would actually look like

You can find this packet at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  If you click on the cover graphic, it will take you directly to the product page.

Well, that is all for now!  I have a fun new product which should be ready next week, so check back!  I also have a couple of freebies I will be posting this weekend which I hope you can use with your students!

Remember to always…  Keep ’em thinking! 

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